Regional Cancer Centre
Regional Cancer Centres (RCCs) are cancer care hospitals and research institutes operating in India under the joint control and funding of the Government of India and the respective state governments. The name 'regional' because each of these institutions cater to a designated region, usually a number of districts in the country. There are presently 25 such centres spanning all the states and union territories of India. This system works under the National Cancer Control Programme which started in 1975 under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (India). The scheme originally started with 5 RCCs for 5 designated regions of the nation. Later this number was increased in steps. The present number of RCCs is more than 25 and the union government is planning to assign RCC status to more regional cancer hospitals.
Regional Cancer Centres in India
Regional Cancer Centres, presently approved and funded by the central government are:
- Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore, Karnataka. Founded on 26 June 1973, and granted RCC status on 1 November 1980.
- Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati. Founded on 18 November 1973, and conferred RCC status in 1980.
- Regional Cancer Centre, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Department of Radiotherapy & Oncology of this institution was founded in 1977, and granted the status of RCC in 2001.
- Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Institute and Research Centre, S.P. Medical College, Bikaner, Rajasthan.
- Rashtra Sant Tukdoji Regional Cancer Hospital, Tukdoji Chowk, Manewada Road, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
- Government of India. 'National Cancer Control Programme'.
- National Cancer Control Programme.
- The Hindu. State seeks special financial package of Rs.11,000 crore.
- Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology Official Website. 'Regional Cancer Centres in the Country'.
- WHO India.
- Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital Official Website.
- Gujarat Cancer Research Institute Official Website.
- Cancer Institute (WIA).
- Regional Cancer Centre, JIPMER.